Easy granny stitch crochet blanket with free pattern. Create granny stripes in any blanket size with this beginner friendly tutorial.
This is a fun crochet project and a beautiful blanket using classic granny stitches to form granny stripes and this one is in lots of vibrant colors for a granny chic vibe. If you like keeping things modern, no problem. Just select two or three colors and do multiple rows in each before changing colors.
This can easily be made into any size blanket. The stitch is worked up in multiples of 3 plus 1 at the end. You will also need to chain once before you turn your work. Follow along as I walk you through this very easy pattern using medium weight or worsted weight yarn and a 5.00 mm crochet hook.
Today we are making an easy granny stitch crochet blanket and I’m including a free pattern down below. This vintage crochet pattern forms granny stripes and looks amazing when you change colors for each row. I love free crochet patterns, so I’ve included my Granny Stripe Baby Blanket Pattern below for you too! This free granny pattern is a fantastic way to hone your skills and create a cozy masterpiece for yourself or a loved one.
Here’s my best tip for changing colors for every row. Find one place to work on your crochet blanket and pile up all your yarns, with the tail coming out of the center on one side. Keep scissors there too so you can cut yarn as you go. I shopped for yarn when I made the Crochet Rectangle Rug and am using the softest of those yarn colors for this blanket. It’s a mix of Caron One Pound, Red Heart and one odd ball Lion Brand Pound of Love left over from the Big Bobble Afghan.
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Granny Crochet Terminology
Let’s go over some commonly used terms when it comes to all things granny. It’s easy to get confused, let me break it down. Here are 4 granny crochet techniques: Granny Square, Granny Stitch, Granny Stripe and Granny Cluster.
The Granny Square is a classic crochet motif that consists of clusters of stitches worked in the round. It typically starts with a small center square, and additional rounds are added to create a larger square. The distinctive feature of a Granny Square is the use of clusters (often 3 double crochet stitches, also called granny clusters) separated by chain spaces.
- Worked in rounds.
- Typically features clusters of double crochet stitches.
- Chain spaces separate the clusters, creating an open and lacy look.
- Often used to create blankets, afghans, and other projects by joining multiple squares together.
The Granny Stitch, sometimes referred to as the Granny Stripe, is a crochet pattern that involves working rows of clusters across the fabric. Unlike the Granny Square, the Granny Stitch is worked in rows, making it a great choice for scarves, blankets, and other rectangular or square projects.
- Worked in rows rather than rounds.
- Similar to the Granny Square, it involves clusters of double crochet stitches.
- The clusters are often worked into chain spaces or stitches from the previous row.
- Creates a striped pattern when different colors are used.
The Granny Stripe is a variation of the Granny Stitch where the clusters of stitches are worked in a continuous stripe pattern. This technique is versatile and allows for creativity in color choices. It’s a great option for those who enjoy the look of the Granny Stitch but prefer the simplicity of working in one direction.
- Worked in rows continuously, without turning at the end of each row.
- Clusters of double crochet stitches are worked across the rows.
- Can be worked in a single color or in a stripe pattern using multiple colors.
- Well-suited for scarves, blankets, and other projects where a striped pattern is desired.
The Granny Cluster is a specific type of stitch commonly used in Granny Square and Granny Stitch patterns. It involves grouping a specified number of double crochet stitches (often 3) into a single space, creating a cluster. This cluster is a fundamental element that contributes to the distinctive texture and visual appeal of Granny-style crochet projects.
- Consists of a set number of double crochet stitches worked into the same space.
- Often used in both Granny Square and Granny Stitch patterns.
- Creates a textured and lacy appearance.
- Can be spaced out with chain stitches in Granny Square patterns or worked consecutively in Granny Stitch patterns.
- Granny Square: Worked in rounds to make a square.
- Granny Stitch: Worked in rows to make a rectangular or square.
- Granny Stripe: Worked in continuous rows with a focus on creating stripes.
- Granny Cluster: A specific stitch pattern used in granny square and granny stitch motifs.
- Granny Square: Built from the center outward in rounds.
- Granny Stitch: Worked in continuous rows.
- Granny Stripe: Worked in continuous rows with a focus on striping.
- Granny Cluster: Forms the basic building block in both square and stripe patterns.
- End Use:
- Granny Square: Often used individually or joined to create larger projects.
- Granny Stitch: Ideal for scarves, blankets, and other rectangular items.
- Granny Stripe: Well suited for projects where a striped pattern is desired.
- Granny Cluster: The foundational stitch creating texture in granny style patterns.
Understanding the unique features of each technique and stitch allows you to choose the perfect one for your desired project!
Easy Granny Stitch Crochet Blanket – Free Baby Pattern
Materials: Before we jump into the pattern, let’s gather our materials. For this project, you’ll need:
- Yarn: This project is a great way to use up scrap yarn from your stash. You can use any yarn you choose, combine different brands of yarn because it doesn’t really matter. Choose your favorite colors in the same weight category. Worsted weight yarn 4 ply is a good choice.
- Crochet Hook: Select a hook size that matches the yarn weight you’ve chosen. Recommended size: 5.00 mm crochet hook.
- Scissors: For changing colors of yarn only when you run out of a color.
- Yarn Needle: For weaving in ends.
Granny Stitch Crochet KNOWLEDGE:
- Single crochet – Insert hook into stitch, yarn over, and pull up a loop.
- Double crochet – Yarn over and insert the hook into stitch. Yarn over and draw yarn through, pulling up a loop. Yarn over and pull yarn through the first two loops on the hook. Yarn over and pull yarn through the last two loops on the hook..
ABBREVIATIONS (US TERMS):
CH = Chain
SC = Single Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Step 1: Choose Your Colors
Select a palette that speaks to you! Whether you opt for a rainbow of hues or a soothing monochromatic scheme, the granny stitch pattern is incredibly forgiving and looks fantastic with various color combinations. The granny stitch blanket looks amazing in every color combination, you can’t go wrong.
Step 2: Foundation Chain
First, stitch your foundation chain. Start by chaining a multiple of 3 stitches, plus 1 additional stitch for the foundation chain. For my pattern, CH 109 SC and turn your work. This will determine the width of your blanket.
Step 3: First Row – Single Crochet (SC)
Starting in first CH from hook, place a SC in all stitches and continue to end of the row. CH 2 and turn.
Step 4: Second Row – Double Crochet (DC)
Next, stitch a DC into that same stitch. There should be 2-DC stitches in that same chain. Skip the next 2 chains, then in the next chain, work 3 DC stitches (also known as a 3-DC cluster). Repeat this pattern across the row. End with 2 DC stitches in the last chain.
Step 5: Change Colors
After completing the third row, it’s time to introduce a new color! Simply fasten off the current color and join the new color in the last stitch of the row.
Step 6: Third Row – Granny Stitch
Chain 2 (counts as the first DC), then work 3 DC stitches in the space between the 3 DC clusters from the previous row. End with DC in last chain. Continue this pattern across the row, always working 3 DC stitches in the spaces between the clusters. End with DC in the last chain.
Step 7: Repeat
Repeat steps 4 – 6 until your blanket reaches your desired length. There will be 89 granny stitch rows, 2 SC rows and 1 foundation row.
Step 8: Final Row
Starting in first CH from hook, place a SC in all stitches and continue to end of the row. This will balance out both ends.
Step 9: Border (Optional)
CH 1, place 3 SC stitches in first corner stitch. SC around all four sides for the first round of the border. Add 3 SC stitches on each corner. Second round of border: 3 DC stitches in corner stitch. DC in each stitch on all four sides for the last round of the border. Add 3 DCs in each corner. This will ensure the border lays flat and won’t curl up at the corners. Tie off when done and weave in tails with yarn needle.
Step 10: Finishing
Fasten off and weave in any remaining ends with a yarn needle.
Free Pattern Recap:
- Foundation Chain: Multiple of 3 stitches + 1. CH 1, turn.
- Row 1: Start in first chain from hook, SC in all, CH 2, turn.
- Row 2: 1 DC in first chain from hook. Skip 2 chains, 3 DC in next chain, repeat across. Place 2 DC in last CH.
- Change Colors: Fasten off, join new color in last stitch of the row.
- Row 3: Chain 2, 3 DC in space between 3 DC clusters from the previous row. Place 1 DC in last CH, CH 2, turn. Repeat across.
- Repeat Row 2 – 3: Until desired length.
Finished product measures 37″ x 51″.
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